Tips for traveling in Tanzania
About water in Tanzania
In Tanzania, the water is not drinkable. There are many stores where you can buy bottled water. However, if you want to act in a more sustainable way, we advise you to buy filtering bottles which will allow you to drink tap water. Moreover, it will prevent you from excessive consumption of plastic.
About dress code in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a predominantly Muslim territory (99% of the local population is Muslim). Therefore, in order to respect the local population, it is advisable to wear long clothes (covering the shoulders and knees) in Stone Town and when you go to the villages.
About life in Tanzania
The currency of the country is the Shillings. USD 1 is equal to 2,300 Shillings. There are bills of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 Shillings.
The official language of the country is Kiswahili. English is a secondary language. Locals appreciate it when tourists know a few words in Swahili other than "Hakuna Matata" or "Pole Pole". Here are some easy-to-remember Swahili words!
- Hello = Jambo or Habari
- Thank you = Asante
- Thank you very much = Asante Sana
- Bye Bye = Kwaheri
- Cool = Poa
Money in Tanzania
The currency of the country is the Shillings. USD 1 is equal to 2,300 Shillings. There are bills of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 Shillings. We advise bringing some cash because, in Tanzania, it will be easier to pay by cash than by card. By card, you will have some commissions, and, in a lot of shops or restaurants, they don’t take credit cards.
Internet connection in Tanzania :
It is possible to buy a sim card on the spot. Many operators such as Zantel or Vodacom are present in Tanzania mainland and/or Zanzibar. The sim card purchase costs about 2$ and you can get data.
Most of the time you will pay per week (check the price list):
- 7 GB = 10 000 Shillings
- 12 GB = 20 000 Shillings
Visitors must pay a $50 VISA upon arrival in Tanzania. This can be done online through the Tanzanian government website: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/start
But it is also possible to do it at the airport when you arrive. You can buy your VISA at the international airports of Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro.
In Tanzania and Zanzibar, as in any city in the world, it is recommended not to walk alone at night. The cities in Tanzania and Zanzibar are not more dangerous than others. Be careful with your personal belongings as you do in your respective countries. Tanzanians will welcome you as they should!
How to protect your money and valuables
Opt for bags you can place on your chest to be safe. Like anywhere in the world, be careful with your belongings and don't carry a lot of cash in your bag. Take what you need for the day and keep the rest of your money in your accommodation.
Emergency contact details
In case of emergency do not hesitate to contact us at the following numbers:
Agency reception : +255 774 590 020 & reception.amoznztours@gmail
Amour Suleiman Amour El Hinawy: +255 777 486 463 & firstname.lastname@example.org
When to go to Zanzibar?
The climate is different from mainland Tanzania. The rainy season starts in March and ends in May. This is a period when it rains on the island. The "cold season" lasts from June to July. Temperatures vary between 20 and 25 degrees.
The archipelago also has a "small rainy season" in October and November. occasional showers fall on the islands which helps to cool the atmosphere because it is very hot during this period, about 30 degrees.
And finally, the dry season, from January to March. temperatures can rise up to 35 degrees. it is a particularly humid and hot period due to the equatorial climate of the archipelago.
The best season to come to Zanzibar is the "cold" season if you want mild temperatures and wind. If you want to enjoy the heat, it is advisable to come to Zanzibar between December and February.
If you want to come to Zanzibar for kite surfing, it is advised to go during the cold season.
Finally, the best time for diving is from September to March.
When to go to Tanzania?
The wet season: It starts in March and ends in April. Temperatures can go down to 10 degrees in the mountainous areas of the country.
The dry season: begins in May and ends in October. temperatures are hot. temperatures can vary from 20 degrees to over 30 degrees.
The "short rainy season": begins in November and ends in December. During this season, the country experiences short and localized rainy episodes. temperatures can vary from 17 to 28 degrees.
The best time to go on a safari is from July to September. The dry season is the best time to observe the animals because they gather around the waterholes and are therefore less scattered in the parks.
If you wish to observe birds, the ideal season is the rainy season, from March to April.
To finish, if you want to enjoy the beaches, it is better to go during the dry season to fill up on Vitamin D!